Satellite remote sensing of Arctic surfaces
Lead: Angelika Humbert, AWI


The objectives of this WP are:

  • to quantify the presence, and present day lifecycle of anthropogenic contaminants ((PBDE, PAH, PCB
    and Persistent Chemicals of Emerging Global Concern), mercury and heavy metals (Cr, Pb, Cd), along
    with black carbon (BC)), through annual snow and aerosol sampling. This will be obtained from
    dedicated ice core samples for comparison.
  • to continue atmospheric Hg monitoring in polar regions and perform an in-depth evaluation of the
    mercury cycle,
  • to perform modelling of halogens/ozone and analyze their influence on arctic chemistry and contaminant
    cycles, including Hg.
  • to study the exchanges and interactions of persistent contaminants between different polar
    environmental compartments

The current and upcoming satellite missions will greatly enhance our capability of Earth observation, which in polar areas with a very sparse in-situ station network will give us spatial coverage to monitor the large area.

Tasks, related deliverables and milestones of WP 3:

  • Task 3.1 Streamlining satellite remote sensing data flows for new multi-sensor, multi-dimensional products (lead: Jyri Heilimö, FMI)

D 3.1.1 Technical report on common satellite data interface description document to describe how satellite
derived cryospheric measurement data can be accessed and utilized (M22)

D 3.1.2 Technical report on common in-situ data interface description document to describe how FMI
measured in-situ data can be accessed and utilized (M24)

M 3.1.1: Overview of the available ground-based data resources useful for the integration with the Earth
Observation snow products (M3)

  • Task 3.2 Optical satellite remote sensing (lead: Rosa-Maria Salvatori, CNR, Sabine Chabrillat, GFZ)

D 3.2.1 A technical report on the assessment of the capabilities and limitations of advanced optical satellite
missions for snow, vegetation, and gas flaring mapping applications in Arctic areas (M27)

D 3.2.2 A dataset on novel optical remote sensing products on snow, vegetation, and gas flaring mapping in
selected sites (M30)

M 3.2.1: Completed acquisition of field data and satellite imagery for snow, vegetation, and improved
mapping of gas flaring based on optical remote sensing (M20)

  • Task 3.3 Radar satellite remote sensing (lead: Angelika Humbert, AWI)

D 3.3.1 Technical report on the assessment of the capabilities and limitations of polarimetric SAR for
glaciological applications for wet-crevassed and dry surfaces of the Greenland ice sheet (M30) 

D 3.3.2 Time series of lake size over a key region in Northeast Greenland (M32)

M 3.3.1: Completed acquisition of X-band polarimetric SAR data (VV, HV, VH) over 79°N Glacier, EGRIP
and ExNGT locations in summer and winter (M12)

M 3.3.2: Completed acquisition of time series of X-band data (HH) over 79°N Glacier (M20)

  • Task 3.4 Contribution to the strategic development of comprehensive EO in the polar areas (lead: Mikko Strahlendorff, FMI)

D 3.4.1 Polar EO needs (M12)

D 3.4.2 Polar EO opportunities (M24)

M 3.4.1: User needs internet survey produced and online (open for 3 months) (M6)